Excrement Working…

Just a quick warning that Speech to Text doesn’t always work out the way we want. Always–ALWAYS–double check the text.

From an eBay auction for an electronic device:

Excrement working,  in like new condition.  Includes black sleeve case

Good to know. Excrement is working just fine–in like-new condition to boot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Of Love and Plagiarism

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The other day I was in a Walgreens here in Florida and quite suddenly my ears caught a remake of the 1965 Beatles song, It’s Only Love.
I thought, how nice it is to hear the younger generation give the nod to the classics.
It would be like Jack Kerouac beating out a Shakespearean quote. Or Shakespeare sonneting Chaucer. Or Chaucer … Well, you get the picture.
I opened my mouth to voicelessly—and inconspicuously—sing along with the singer. “It’s only lo…”2016-05-19_0218
The singer—gasp—messed up the lyrics. He didn’t know the lyrics to the song he was remaking.
No. It was something far worse. He didn’t know he was doing a remake of a classic.
This new song itself isn’t bad and the part in question appears to be just a bridge or mini-chorus. It has a catchy synthesizer riff that makes the song memorable without needing to plagiarize.
I have no idea who sings the song or what it is called—at my age (42) it would be downright embarrassing to know that—but if you are 20 and have never heard of the Beatles, lend me your ears and I’ll play you the chorus of It’s Only Love. Brace yourself: you’ll instantly shout, “Those rascally Beatles stole that from so-and-so!”
Only, barring the slim possibility the Beatles possessed time travel abilities, it was the other way around.
(Here is a very well-done cover of the song. Listen to the chorus.)

George Harrison, of course, had a similar problem. My Sweet Lord rips He’s So Fine. And honestly, his indiscretion was much worse. He didn’t have the youth excuse. He should have known better.

New Ninja Penguin Cartoon: All-you-can-eat Buffet!

It’s a bit silly, but I woke up with this idea and I just had to sketch it out. Ninja Penguin is the character that introduces Japanese prefectures in our book aptly titled, Ninja Penguin Talks Japanese in Japan.

4-strip-smPlease check out the book and let me know what you think.

BRAND NEW: Read Japanese for Windows 8

We are pleased to announce the newest app to our library. Read Japanese for Windows 8.

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If you have Windows 8, please click here to download it for FREE. The first story, Hikoichi and the Hanami, is totally free. You can also get the second story free by writing a review (click on the button in the app to write a review and when you come back, the second story will be unlocked). This includes all grammar notes, dictionary functions, and sound files (slow and normal speed). Other stories are inexpensive and being added often.

We’ve tried to make this an amazing resource while maintaining low prices. Please let me know what you think.

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LEARN to read Japanese the fun and easy way with this collection of traditional Japanese stories.

 

** For Beginners (with hiragana knowledge) up. **
Read real Japanese, listen to the story (slow and normal speed), and tap any word to get an instant definition. Read Japanese is your ticket to the world of Japanese Literature! Enjoy reading Momotaro, Hikoichi, Aesop’s tales, Inch-high Samurai, Princess Kaguya, modern short stories, and more. (With much more to come!)

 

Each story includes two audio recordings by a native Japanese speaker—one at normal speed and one at slow speed so even beginners can understand.

Each story is written with full hiragana and kanji (with optional furigana), so you can read along at your own pace.  The best way to increase your vocabulary and remember Japanese is to read the stories and learn the words and phrases in context. This app will let you do that. In addition, you can listen to the story while you read, adding yet another sense to your language learning arsenal. Tap on any word/phrase and see the translation and grammar notes instantly.

BEST of all! The first story is completely FREE. Try it out and learn from Hikoichi, the wise and yet mischievous young man, as he finds a way to enjoy hanami—cherry blossom viewing. Other stories are inexpensive and available for instant download.

 

Try it out—your Japanese will benefit as a result.

Yes, you can read real Japanese—even if you are just starting out in Japanese!  While new-to-Japanese beginners can get a lot from this, hiragana knowledge is highly recommended.

 

To download this app, please click here.